TADL Kids Text Tips

Tips for parents of preschoolers are texted right to your phone! These encourage interactive fun with your young children while also getting them ready for kindergarten.

  • August 16Help your children see shapes all around them, even if they are not standard shapes like circles, triangles, and squares. This awareness builds a foundation for math skills children will later learn in school.
  • August 9: Have children think up their own endings to stories, as this helps develop their imagination. You can also ask “What if?” to a certain part of the story and see what ideas they come up with.
  • August 2: It’s important for kids to feel good about book time. If your child is fighting it, remember that books don’t need to be finished in one sitting. Find another activity and come back to book time when you both feel better.
  • July 26: Singing with children helps them hear smaller sounds in words, esp. if there is a different note for each syllable. In “London Bridge is Falling Down,” the word “falling” has two different syllables and notes.
  • July 19: Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill (hold fists w/ finger extended) / One named Jack, (wiggle one finger) / One named Jill. (wiggle the other finger) / Fly away, Jack. (hide 1st finger behind your back) / Fly away, Jill. (hide 2nd finger behind your back) / Come back, Jack. (bring back 1st finger) / Come back, Jill. (bring back 2nd finger)
  • July 12Songs about the weather can be followed by games or play, since children naturally learn in those ways. After singing “Rain, Rain Go Away,” pretend you are twirling an umbrella or stomping in puddles.
  • July 5: Musical instruments often find their way into a young child’s mouth because this is how they explore their world. As long as it is not a choking hazard, this is OK since exploration for them involves chewing as well as playing instruments.
  • June 28Songs help children develop listening skills and pay attention to the rhythms and rhymes of spoken language. Nursery rhymes are a great place to start. Find a book list HERE.
  • June 21: Singing is a great early literacy activity to do with children, as it elongates syllables that your child can hear better. Here are some titles in TADL’s collection to singalong to: Singalong Books.
  • June 14Summer Reading Club at TADL is for babies and toddlers, too! Register HERE or at the library to get your Pre-Reader log and t-shirts. SRC starts 6/18. 
  • June 7Watching a seed turn into a plant is wonderful for a child. Read books like “The Carrot Seed” for your child to learn more. Children can act out different parts of the story to add to the fun and learning.
  • May 31Something as simple as playing with blocks is the beginning of mathematical and scientific thinking. Through play, your child is discovering shapes, learning how blocks can be balanced, observing how they fall, and discovering what fits together.
  • May 24: Here is a good manners rhyme: Two fat gentlemen (thumbs) / Met in a glen. / Bowed most politely (bend thumbs), / Bowed once again (repeat). / How do you do? How do you do? And how do you do again? (alternate bending one thumb and then another) [More motion information here]
  • May 17When walking or driving, point out signs and symbols that your children may recognize. Noticing that signs and symbols are all around is part of print awareness, knowing that print has meaning.